2000 FLORIDA While on a recruiting trip to Gainesville, offensive
line prospect Jason Respert of Warner Robins, Ga., is arrested
and charged with burglary and attempted sexual battery for an
incident that occurred after he'd been drinking in a bar with a
fellow recruit and a Gators player. Respert pleads to lesser
charges of criminal trespassing and simple battery. He's now a
junior at Tennessee.
2002 ALABAMA The NCAA bans the Crimson Tide from postseason play
for two years for violations that include players inviting
strippers on campus to entertain visiting high school recruits
from 1997 to '99.
2002 OREGON During his recruiting visit to Eugene, blue-chip
running back Lynell Hamilton of Stockton, Calif., is taken to
parties where, he says, he's offered alcohol, marijuana and sex.
Hamilton is turned off by the experience, telling the Stockton
Record, "Oregon was my number one choice, but they blew it for
both of us." He signs with San Diego State and rushes for 1,087
yards as a freshman in 2003.
2003 MINNESOTA Several Gophers players take top offensive line
recruit Lydon Murtha of Hutchinson, Minn., to a strip club during
a December campus visit. Murtha later rescinds his verbal
commitment to Minnesota and signs with Nebraska, though he tells
the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the club visit had nothing to
do with his decision. Other 2004 recruits later say that they too
were taken to the establishment on their visits and supplied with
alcohol. The university is investigating the charges.
February 23, 2004
2004 BYU Provo, Utah, police probe allegations that a sex crime
occurred at a late-night party for Cougars recruits in January at
a house shared by three football players. Investigators find no
basis for criminal charges but turn up evidence of other recent
football parties that included sexual advances and alcohol.
Consuming alcohol and engaging in nonmarital or extramarital sex
violate the school's honor code, and university officials are
2004 COLORADO STATE AND OTHERS Steve Lower, owner of Denver-based
Hardbodies Entertainment, tells the Rocky Mountain News that his
company, which has branches in Houston and Las Vegas, has sent
strippers to entertain recruits at parties at Colorado State,
Houston, Northern Colorado, Rice and UNLV, in addition to
Colorado. Officials at all the schools involved deny knowledge of
such activity. Says Rice president Malcolm Gillis in a university
statement, "I can't believe any of our athletes are that stupid."